Modern Style for a 300sqm House in San Mateo, Rizal

A former jeepney driver's daughter builds a rest house inspired by the beauty of nature

Photography: Marc Jao

If you have always dreamed about having a beautiful home, the story behind this modern house will inspire you to make that dream come true! Believe it or not, this stunning 300sqm property on a 1800sqm lot is owned by an ex-jeepney driver's daughter who once worked at a fastfood restaurant.

Thankfully, the homeowner's relatives lent her the funds to put up her own salon business. The unexpected success of this venture provided her with enough money to build this two-storey rest house in San Mateo, Rizal.

Living Area

Since the homeowner is an aspiring interior designer, she chose the style, layout, materials, and all of the furniture pieces for the house. She also worked closely with architect Renato Carpio and contractor Nikki Bustos to create a comfortable, functional, and easy-to-maintain home.

The home is defined by the clean structure, open spaces, high ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows with clear glass panes. The living area is furnished with a mid-century modern-style furniture pieces, including a a pair of Barcelona-inspired chairs from Dwell and a tufted gray sofa with yellow pillows.

Living and Dining Area

Since the ground floor of the home has an open layout with no walls and huge windows, the living, dining, and kitchen areas can be found in the same space. This set-up makes the home airy, bright, and spacious.

A painting by Claude Tayag makes this particular area seem even more interesting.

Dining Area

The dining area is furnished with black pendant lights from Schema and a customized solid Dao table by Aida Flores. In line with the mid-century modern style of the ground floor, the space is completed with Eames-inspired chairs.


For a clean and streamlined look, the kitchen is fitted with pristine white countertops and sleek cabinets that have no handles. To add warmth to the modern space, the homeowner ordered bar stools from Sibol Furniture.


The wood-and-glass sliding doors in the kitchen lead to an inviting outdoor space perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee.


The homeowner can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains in this heated jacuzzi.

Family Room

Since the homeowner intends to use this rest house as a retirement home someday, she planned a family room that she could use as a master bedroom. 


In order to be able to use the family room as a master bedroom in the future, the homeowner planned an en suite bathroom. 

Second Floor

If you have an empty space by your staircase, you can also turn it into a small library! In this particular space, the homeowner can catch up on her reading on one of the gray wing chairs on a black-and-white cowhide rug.

Master Bedroom

It's difficult to name just one area that we love the most in this amazing house, but we do have a soft spot for this master bedroom! It has a charming color scheme and carefully selected pieces, including a huge painting by Allan Cosio.

Master Bedroom

A closer look at the master bedroom would allow you to better appreciate the wooden bed topped with teal pillows and sheets. Hanging above the bed is a trio of framed black-and-white photographs of different cities.

Master Bathroom

We find the simplicity of the master bathroom to be quite soothing. The space is completed with a wall-mounted bathroom counter and a glass-enclosed shower area.

Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom is furnished with a pair of double pull-out beds. Six guests can now comfortably sleep in this cozy and inviting space.

Guest Bedroom

To make the guest bedroom inviting for any friend or relative, the homeowner chose vibrant accent colors that would appeal to both men and women. 


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